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Astrology for 7/3/2015

7/3/2015 Friday by Norma

Groups and friends are highlighted today. Someone offers help and a new direction opens in an area that has been stymied. Avoid the temptation to strike out alone, you’ll find yourself back in the same unsatisfying situation. Emotional volatility is the greatest danger today; avoid decisions based on upset feelings. Richard […]

Experiencing Bodhicitta through the Guru Yoga

Experiencing Bodhicitta through the Guru Yoga

An excerpt from a teaching called How to Pray by Being by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo

We must practice guru yoga. Without guru yoga, we will never learn to pray properly. Guru yoga is the nest in which our prayers are developed. In guru yoga we see the lama as the embodiment of all the […]

Astrology for 7/2/2015

7/2/2015 Thursday by Norma

Continue to divide your energy between emotional issues and the demands of the world. Tolerate outbursts with kindness and the awareness that they have no impact on the matter at hand. A difficulty has passed and is in the process of being resolved. Give yourself and others time to recover from […]

Vigilance: From "The Way of the Bodhisattva" by Shantideva

Vigilance: From “The Way of the Bodhisattva” by Shantideva

The following is respectfully quoted from “The Way of the Bodhisattva” by Shantideva as translated by the Padmakara Translation Group and published by Shambhala:

Vigilance

1. Those who wish to keep a rule of life Must guard their minds in perfect self-possession. Without this guard upon the mind, No discipline can ever be maintained.

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The Happiness Machine

An excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkön Lhamo from The Spiritual Path

Sometimes the ordained have problems with desire. When you take on robes, it doesn’t mean that desire ceases. Why not make that desire meaningful? You can offer desire to the Three Precious Jewels. It’s not a big secret […]

Cultivating a Good Heart

The following is an excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo during a “Good Heart Retreat”

Seriously, I do feel that there’s something wrong with the way we’re practicing religion. I really do feel that it is the job of spiritual people, who have as a centerpiece in their religion the idea of […]

Commitment: From “The Way of The Bodhisattva” by Shantideva

The following is respectfully quoted from “The Way of the Bodhisattva” by Shantideva as translated by the Padmakara Translation Group and published by Shambhala:

Commitment

1. With joy I celebrate The virtue that relieves all beings From the sorrows of the states of loss, And places those who languish in the realms of bliss.

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Let’s Get Practical

The following is an excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo offered during a “Good Heart Retreat”

How can we possibly move in the direction of encouraging spiritual centers, churches, whatever, to take responsibility for the community around them without prejudice and without distinction? Let’s say, as Buddhists, we would be interested in […]

Flower of Gods: From “Sutra of the Wise and Foolish”

The following is respectfully quoted from “Sutra of the Wise and Foolish” by Stanley Frye

Flower of the Gods

Thus have I heard at one time: the Enlightened One was residing in the sity of Śrāvastī at Jetavana monastery in Añathapindika’s park together with an assembly of one-thousand two-hundred and fifty monks. At […]

The Perfection of Generosity: From “The Jewel Ornament of Liberation”

The following is respectfully quoted from “The Jewel Ornament of Liberation” by Gampopa, as translated by Khenpo Konchog Gyaltsen Rinpoche:

Six subjects describe the details of action bodhicitta. The summary:

Reflection on the faults and virtues Definition, classification, Increase, perfection, and Result — These seven comprise the perfection of generosity.

I. Reflection […]

Offering the Body: A Practical Approach

The following is an excerpt from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo called “Western Chod”

Then I began to examine parts of my body. I thought to myself, “Well, if this absolute nature is the only thing that makes sense, if this absolute nature is the only thing that seems precious and worthy and […]

Lotus: Children’s Video Story About Kindness and Generosity

The following is a Children’s Video based on a story by Woody Rowe and prepared by students of Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo:

A story of kindness, courage and generosity to delight young and old alike…

The Excellence of Bodhichitta

The following is respectfully quoted from “The Way of the Bodhisattva” by Shantideva:

15. Bodhichitta, the awakening mind, In brief is said to have two aspects: First, aspiring, bodhichitta in intention: Then active bodhichitta, practical engagement.

16. Wishing to depart and setting out upon the road, This is how the difference is conceived. The […]

Relative Bodhicitta: HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

The following is respectfully quoted from “Enlightened Courage” by His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche:

If I do not give away My happiness for others’ pain, Buddhahood will never be attained. And even in samsara, joy will fly from me.

Enlightenment will be ours when we are able to care for others as […]

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